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Know What You’re Consuming: How To Accurately Dose Infused Edibles

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Know What You’re Consuming: How To Accurately Dose Infused Edibles

 

When cannabis is smoked (or vaporized), the effects are immediate because we intake the smoke into our lungs alongside oxygen. Edibles, tinctures, and salves take longer to kick in and the effects are not the same. Many people are making the mistake of not learning enough about an edible before they begin to munch.

Understanding Cannabis Consumption Methods and Their Effects

What I tell all of my patients is, “You can always eat more, you can’t eat less.” If you are new to edibles, don’t take a giant bite out of just any cookie you get from the dispensary. It’s important to read all the labels, ask any questions, listen to your body very closely, and tread lightly.

 

“When something travels through your saliva it takes only minutes to get to your brain; when you consume food, it has to pass through your stomach and liver, which will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.”

 

Just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to eat all of it in one sitting. This experience will resemble the first time you tried a drug, whether it was alcohol or a pill prescribed by your doctor. The effects are unexpected and anything can be overdone, resulting in a negative experience.

 

If you medicate with a sublingual like a lozenge or tincture, the effects will occur much quicker than with something that you chew and digest. When something travels through your saliva it takes only minutes to get to your brain; when you consume food, it has to pass through your stomach and liver, which will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Faster metabolisms will result in quicker effects.

 

It’s also important to understand that what you’ve already eaten and what you eat with your edible can alter the effects. Just like your doctor warns you not to eat grapefruit with certain cholesterol medications, if you eat mangoes, the effects will be increased and last longer. Also, the effects will change if you mix alcohol or other drugs.

Don’t End Up Like Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times recently spent an evening on the floor of her hotel bathroom in Colorado because she claims to not have realized that her edible was supposed to be broken into 15 doses.

 

For the general public, this may sound unsafe and excessive until you consider the patients with chronic painwho have been ingesting edibles for decades. Their tolerance is likely quite high and edibles are often the best way to help. Those interested in partaking in legal adult cannabis consumption in Colorado and Washington are encouraged to tread lightly when dealing with edibles.

 

toni foxToni Fox, who owns 3D Cannabis Center, where Dowd received the edible, had the following to say about the incident, according to The Cannabist: “I believe the dispensary told her what the proper dosage was.” She says, “I believe her tour guide told her what a proper dosage is.” The guide confirmed Fox’s claim that he did in fact show Dowd around during her visit and warned her to be cautious with edibles. “We all know that the world is watching us,” says Fox, whose dispensary was the first recreational pot store to open in January. “He knew who she was. He’s going to inform her correctly.”

Dosing Is Unique To The Patient

If the packaging doesn’t contain specific instructions with clear dosing or mg amounts, do research. You would never take a medication from the pharmacy without knowing the dosage, and you shouldn’t do that here. You can always reach out to the edible company specifically or ask someone at your local dispensary.

 

Some patients have reported negative effects when medicating with an edible that is made with shatter or any type of solvent-based extracts. If you notice this, discontinue use. If making your own infused edibles from home, it’s recommended to stick with naturally infused oils.

 

To the very sensitive, this next part is for you. There is a design flaw in blindly trusting the dose recommendations, because everyone requires a different THC or CBD mg dose. There is a tolerance to consider for patients suffering from chronic illnesses who have been medicating with edibles for quite some time. The amount of an edible that a first timer eats is not likely to make a dent for the long-term user.

 

“It takes a few trials to find your footing, but once you’ve got it, you know your sweet spot.”

 

Once you get comfortable with how your body reacts to edibles, you will find that it’s just like a new diet or exercise routine. It takes a few trials to find your footing, but once you’ve got it, you know your sweet spot.

 

That doesn’t mean that all edibles are created equal because they all are absorbed differently. It’s wise to treat each edible as if it was your first. You’ll know when to take the training wheels off.

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The Inaugural Flameworkers’ Open House at Pacific Art Glass

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The Inaugural Flameworkers’ Open House at Pacific Art Glass

 

For those of you in the LA Area who have been interested in blowing glass, listen up. Pacific Art Glass hosted an open house this July 19th from 1pm – 6pm, and they are preparing to offer a whole new sub-section of flame working classes.

Pacific Art Glass Hosts Glassblowing Open House

With new classes starting August 2nd, Pacific Art Glass will offer a series of flame working classes taught by certified scientific glassblower Leland Lemar Srygley. The classes will teach basic skills in solid shaping, hollow shaping, color application, and hollow seals.

 

“We’re trying to improve the industry for the artisans. We’re ready to party.” – John, Pacific Art Glass

 

This weekend’s open house was intended to help promote these upcoming classes while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to blow glass alongside skilled professional glassblowers who have already made a name for themselves in the industry.

 

glass Explaining what drives him to hold such an event, John, the owner of Pacific Art Glass, had the following to say: “We’re trying to improve the industry for the artisans. We’re ready to party.”

 

Glassblowing is gaining wider audience appeal with the increasing acceptance of cannabis, and we are seeing an increasing number of glassblowing schools throughout the country. If you are interested in the magic of blowing glass, the open house was a great chance to take a stab at it without too much commitment.

 

Appearances from D-wreck, Chris Vertigo, Mr. V, Amy Canada Ellenhorn, Lamar, Pakoh, and many more locally acclaimed glassblowers made the Pacific Art Glass open house quite the opportunity to learn from some of the best.

 

To register for the new flame working classes, go topacificartglass.com.

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The Floodgates Open For Cannabis Businesses In Colorado

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The Floodgates Open For Cannabis Businesses In Colorado
 

DENVER, CO — At the turn of the new year, Colorado became the first state to allow cannabis to be retailed for adult-use. Licenses were previously available only to applicants operating in the medical marijuana market, but that all changed this week.

Cannabis Business Licenses Open To All Applicants In Colorado

After six months of retail cannabis in Colorado, the state could expect to see an increase in “big money players” making their way into the market. The state has opened the gates a bit wider to allow those who have never operated a medical marijuana facility to apply for a cannabis business license.

 

It comes as a logical next step when you consider the vast positive impact marijuana legalization has had on the state. Colorado has seen a decrease in crime, state tax revenues are already in the millions, and jobs are being created. The tourism industry in Colorado has enjoyed a simultaneous boost in revenue, hitting an all time high of $4 billion.

“Running a marijuana business is much, much more difficult than it might initially appear.” – Mike Elliott

 

Due to this increase in business opportunities, many families and businesses have relocated to the Denver area, giving a great surge to the housing industry.

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Considering all the zoning requirements that keep these establishments a certain distance from schools, etc., Colorado is running out of available space for adult-use marijuana businesses quicker than many people realize. That being said, there is uncertainty about who will actually apply for these licenses now that the floodgates are open.

 

“It’s tough to know how many people are really going to apply,” Mike Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group said. “Running a marijuana business is much, much more difficult than it might initially appear.”

 

An application checklist and the required application forms can be found here. These new licenses won’t go into effect until October 1st, and will require local approval.

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